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The crown conch, Melongena corona, is a medium to large carnivorous gastropod with a low spire, large body whorl, and prominent vertical-curved white spines on the shoulder of each whorl that give the species its common name. It has a glossy shell that is brownish-grey to purple with white to yellow-white spiral bands. The columella is thick and white, and the operculum is robust and horny (Kaplan 1988, Rupert and Fox 1988).

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Source: Indian River Lagoon Species Inventory

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